Film: Hotel Rwanda
Director: , 2004
121 minutes – USA
SYNOPSIS: Hotel Rwanda is a dramatic feature film about Paul Rusesabagina, a Kigali hotelier, and the events around the Hôtel des Mille Collines, a sanctuary for Tutsis and moderate Hutus after its owner shut his doors against the genocide. The film was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, and is on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 most inspirational films of all time.
Documentary: Finding Hillywood
Director: , 2013
IMDB SYNOPSIS: Set amongst the hills of Rwanda, Finding Hillywood chronicles one man's road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realization that we all must one day face our past. A unique and endearing film about the very beginning of Rwanda's film industry and the pioneers who bring local films to rural communities on a giant inflatable movie screen. For most Rwandans this is the first time they have seen a film, let alone one in their local language, Kinyarwanda. Thousands of people show up to watch films in stadiums next to mass graves, and in locations where horrible crimes took place during the genocide.
Finding Hillywood is a real life example of the power of film to heal a man and a nation.
Documentary: Sweet Dreams
Director: , 2012
89 minutes – USA / Rwanda
IMDB SYNOPSIS: Ingoma Nshya is Rwanda's first and only all-women's drumming troupe. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing, and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs, of Brooklyn's Blue Marble Ice Cream, and open Rwanda's first-ever ice cream shop, these remarkable Rwandan women embark on a journey of independence, peace, and possibility. Sweet Dreams interweaves intimate, heart-wrenching stories with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition. (Written by International Film Circuit)
Film website: www.sweetdreamsrwanda.com
NY Times review: www.nytimes.com/2013/11/01/movies/in-sweet-dreams-rwandan-entrepreneurship.html?_r=0
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